Astronomy current events question: laser-triggered fusion

Astronomy 210L, spring semester 2014
Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA

Students are assigned to read online articles on current astronomy events, and take a short current events quiz during the first 10 minutes of lab. (This motivates students to show up promptly to lab, as the time cut-off for the quiz is strictly enforced!)
Geoff Brumfiel, "Scientists Say Their Giant Laser Has Produced Nuclear Fusion" February 12, 2014
The National Ignition Facility was able to trigger hydrogen fusion using:
(A) surplus nuclear reactor fuel.
(B) radioactive helium.
(C) sunlight.
(D) antimatter.
(E) lasers.

Correct answer: (E)

Student responses
Sections 30678, 30679, 30680
(A) : 4 students
(B) : 6 students
(C) : 0 students
(D) : 0 students
(E) : 30 students

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